The May 1966 riots in the north were inevitable & couldn't ve' stopped by the Northern leadership. The riots were a spontaneous reaction by the Northern People to a catalogue of PANIFUL &P PROVOCATIVE actions by the South, especially The Igbo. There were the JEERS $ TAUNTS...
On NORTHERNERS by the SOUTHERNERS, especially the IGBOS in the North. They teased their Northern host by telling them to their face, that, "YOUR FATHER IS DEAD; WE ARE NOW YOUR NEW FATHERS". They openly showed IMMENSE HAPPINESS at the MURDER of the PREMIER & the PRIME MINISTER..
To add insult to injury, the IGBOS resident in the North, misconstruing the calmness and non-violent reaction from the north to mean fear and cowardice, started circulating INSULTING and highly PROVOCATIVE pictures of late Sardauna in a Drum Magazine owned by their people...
That was what fueled & Ignited the the Northern riots or "Arabia", which for all intents and purposes, underlined the true inherent Igbo callousness and their lack of inherent diplomatic approach to issues of high sensitivity.
The particular offensive picture showed in death..
Sir Ahmadu Bello, TRANSPOSED, FLOATING in space, being interviewed and 'confessing' his sins of mixing Politics with religion and playing the role of prophet cum ceasar. The June 1966 Of Drum Magazine was widely distributed and greatly insulted the feelings of Northerners.
Northerners were truly incensed and pushed to the end of their self restraint.

Excerpts From The Victors And Vanquished Of the Nigerian Civil War By Usman Faruk, CON

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